Archive for May 10th, 2014

Something Better


Show notes for the 377th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

KantilenaĠaħan

Norm RejectionIl-Vo(j)t
One of my favourite Maltese bands of all time are back with this gem, just in time for the upcoming European Parliament elections. It’s blindingly good and will undoubtedly receive next to no airplay in Malta. What a shame.

Domino EffectChasing Paradise

Chris & MoiraBeautiful World
Their long-awaited album was released on the 1st of May and this is the track they’re using to promote it. It’s also fitting that I’ve included them on today’s podcast since I’m actually watching the Eurovision Song Contest as I write this.

They Come In TwosStatic Made Me This Way
Outstanding post-punk duo from Gozo with credentials including bands like Uncharted, Saving Alexis and Ascendor. The musicians pulling all this together are Christian Farrugia and Paul Formosa. It’s a ready corker for the end of this week’s podcast and I hope you like it too.

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Coming Home


I’ve been asked to comment about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest but I find myself at a time in my professional career where I am once again distancing myself from this annual television event.

Unlike recent years, I am not active within the Eurovision Research Network at the heart of things as they play out in Copenhagen. I haven’t even blogged about the event or made any special mention about it on my weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast.

The only thing I’ve done is agreed to give some comments about “controversial” aspects of the Eurovision Song Contest to my good friend Marlene Scicluna for SBS Radio in Australia. You can listen to the conversation/interview here:

And, in case you’re wondering, I think Malta has a decent entry this year with Firelight’s Coming Home, but I’m not expecting them to do much better than last year’s entry. That’s not due to any major shortcoming from the performers but just an honest “informed” opinion, for whatever it’s worth.